Socialism Doesn’t Work for Blacks Either Maxine

Black unemployment by state
Black unemployment by state, DOL

Maxine Waters wants President Obama to adopt the black socialist agenda. She is very misguided but let me go back and provide some history.

The EEOC wants to force employers to seriously consider employing criminals on an equal level with law-abiding citizens. They are even suing one company because they wouldn’t hire an ex-thief for a security guard’s position, something which the company was prohibited from doing under the law.

It’s the government and they are here to help!

Ex-convicts shouldn’t necessarily be automatically excluded from jobs but let’s be real, they have to work harder to get a job if they committed crimes.

The government officials likely have good intentions. They cite the unbelievable statistic of black men being seven times more likely to serve prison time than white men. That is a very compelling reason to stretch the limits of government power.

Black unemployment has risen to 14% from 13.2% in December 2012. Hispanic unemployment hovered around 10% at the time.

In August 2011 the black unemployment was at 16.7%. Whites peaked at 9.3% in October 2010 and Hispanics at 13.1% in November 2011.

That is a discrepancy that is wrong and demands righting but how is another question.

Youth unemployment among blacks peaked at 49.1% in November 2009  (and averaged 37.1% between 2007 – 2010) while adult black men peaked at 19% and adult black women were at 13.9%. That’s a problem for everyone because of the obvious  reasons. Especially problematic is the youth unemployment – idle youth, no matter what their race, get into trouble.

The Department of Labor lists similar stats across the board when blacks are compared with whites and Hispanics – there is a pattern. The government does have some good programs to encourage black employment and they do need to be attentive to cases of bigotry but obviously what they are doing is not adequate to the task.

Blacks in particular are most hurt in a poor economy.

Is prejudice involved? Subtle perhaps? I don’t know to what degree it plays into this.

Education certainly plays a role.  Only about 50% of children graduate from high school in Chicago and many of those not graduating are black. People should find this loss of talent and intelligence heartbreaking.

We had the misfortune to observe teachers misbehaving badly in Chicago when Rahm Emanuel tried to get the unions under control. Don’t you wonder if our children are in the hands of incompetents?

We should as a nation be united in solving this problem. It isn’t only a black problem! It affects all of us and isn’t what is happening in the black community happening everywhere to some degree?

President Obama thinks the solution is government and he made that clear during his recent visit to Chicago. He said we need to raise the federal minimum wage and pair businesses with recession-battered communities to help them rebuild and provide job training. Pairing businesses with poor communities is a good idea but we do that now with very limited success.

President Obama also talked about creating jobs for young people from poor families. Government can’t create jobs, only business can. His thinking is illogical. He can subsidize but he does that now and it’s failing.

One of his ideas to equalize salaries and make the world a fairer place is to raise the minimum wage. Unfortunately, raising the minimum wage does not have the intended consequences. Even liberal economists admit it increases the unemployment rate.

Another idea President Obama had was his call to Congress to offer incentives to companies that hire people who have been unemployed for extended periods of time. More government! More spending!

Not only are we broke, but this big government response isn’t working now.

I will assume that President Obama’s intentions are good on this one but he is tied to his big government ideology for every solution. He said, “America is not a place where chance of birth or circumstance should decide our destiny.” It is hard to disagree with that but is it the government’s job to mete out this social justice?

Instead of encouraging individual initiative, he is looking to a bureaucracy to come up with a solution.

The difference between President Obama and Dr. Ben Carson is that the former wants to solve peoples’ problems for them while the latter wants to encourage people to solve their own. President Obama’s vision stems from a lack of understanding of the potential of all people while Dr. Carson believes in people and their potential to achieve.

President Obama was in Chicago to talk about gun violence because he believes gun control is part of the solution to Chicago’s problems. Gun control hasn’t worked in Chicago so he thinks they need more of it. He believes that if the entire country is under the government’s gun control thumb, the gangs won’t get guns and kill each other and innocents like Hadiya Pendleton.

Illegal gun trade, here we come! In any case, there are over 300 million guns in this country. If he attempts to confiscate them, he will have a revolution.

Concentrating only on gun control overlooks the causes of the gun violence and focuses on the means by which the violence is delivered. There are more than 300 million guns in this country and we have guns pouring in from South America and Mexico. We can’t get rid of guns. Whether you believe in tighter gun control or not, you must look at the causes of the violence to solve the problem.

Looking to guns is looking for the easy way out.

The recent Newtown massacre was caused in part, according to a police report released in the last few days, the killer’s obsession with violent video games. Newsday had an article about it today and they barely mentioned the video games. They just went on to say we have to control guns. Nothing about the violent video games and culture that encourages them!

When rap singers praise gang violence and abuse of women, how can that not affect young people who idolize these talented but misguided individuals?

Will Smith will always be one of my favorite actors. Prior to acting, he rapped, but he kept it decent. He spoke out against rap that degraded people and advocated violence. Why can’t more of our rap singers do the same? Can you imagine the effect it would have if people like Kanye West did that?

In December, black advocacy and civil rights groups met in Atlanta to discuss the plight of black America. They formulated a black agenda. They want what any decent human being wants – parity among blacks, whites, and Hispanics in education, healthcare, and the economy. Blacks have been disproportionately hurt by this economy. They want to reform the criminal justice system; and protect and defend voting rights.

The problem for me is not their laudable goals but the way in which they hope to achieve the goals – with more ineffectual big government. They put President Obama on notice and they expect him to have all the answers.

Rev. Al Sharpton, President of the National Action Network, said,

“It is in that spirit a half a century later we say that we’ll work together, that we’ll come together, to try to set an agenda,” Sharpton said. “We are taking this from rhetoric to results, from people saying that we need an agenda to us sitting down and collectively coming up with one.”

I don’t trust Rev. Al but I do think this is a worthwhile effort on his part were it not for the fact that he wants a socialist, “one-size-fits-all” thieving style of government to achieve his goals.

The voting rights issue is nuts. How much easier does it have to get to vote? Why not have voter ID to protect this sacred right? It’s ridiculous to assume that blacks are not as capable of getting a photo ID as anyone else. My mother had dementia and got herself a photo ID so she could vote Democratic.

The prison reform might be of some value but are the leaders looking deep enough into why our young black men end up in prison in such disproportionate numbers. It can’t all be blamed on corrupt police though they might try to put all the blame on them.

If they want to relax penalties then make it contingent on the inmate getting a GED and a college degree. Then I will buy into it.

Maxine Waters, an annoying Socialist, is pushing President Obama to adopt the black agenda, along with the members of the Congressional Black Caucus, who are Socialists. They are members of the Democratic Socialists of America. The black agenda is a big government socialist agenda. Big Government is not working and it will never work.

Too many young blacks are being drawn into gangs, drugs, easy money and drawn away from school at an early age despite the government efforts with Headstart, affordable housing, welfare, food stamps and so on.

We need the poor, no matter what their race or gender, to have the opportunities that will enable them to help themselves. There is not enough government in the world to do for everyone. People must do for themselves.

The best gift we can give someone is to believe in that person and give them opportunities not entitlements. A hand up not a hand out or some warped version of a hand up. Not some social justice, blacks were slaves once version that makes people feel entitled because of what ancestors suffered. It’s not working!

If government alone isn’t the answer, what is? Do we need to change our culture?

When Reverends in black communities rant against white people, they may have their reasons, but they are only hurting their own. Blame won’t help. They would do a lot more good if they concentrated on the need for an education.

Unions need to be controlled so that teachers can be fired when they don’t do the job. A 50% graduation rate is absolutely unacceptable and some of that has to fall on the schools. Do they really believe in these young people or have they written them off? Do they look down on these children? Is the curriculum one that challenges them or is it dumbed down?

For nine years, I worked with the alleged worst of the worst students in NYC and they never ceased to amaze me. I learned so much from them. I learned to believe in them, no matter how bad they seemed on the surface. You will lose some, but not all.

There are no easy answers. Looking to government for all the answers will never work. Don’t wait for your ship to come in, go row out to meet it. The best revenge is to succeed.

The black agenda is an important one. As the coalition said in a joint statement:

“The plight of the African-American community underscores the urgency of our demand. The African-American community was disproportionately battered by the Great Recession, and has benefited the least from the fragile economy recovery. Unemployment remains unacceptably high; income inequality and the ever-widening wealth gap threaten to relegate the black community to perpetual underclass status. Those who wish to curtail investment education and career preparation further dim the prospects for upward mobility for our young people.”

They are right about the problem but after four years of big government, we need to look for other solutions.

While speaking in Chicago, President Obama hit on one of the problems:

“Don’t get me wrong,” Obama hastened to add. “As the son of a single mom, who gave everything she had to raise me with the help of my grandparents, I turned out okay.”

There are “heroic” single mothers across the country, Obama added, “but at the same time, I wish I had had a father who was around and involved.”

Earlier during his speech in Chicago’s Hyde Park, Obama noted “there are entire neighborhoods where young people, they don’t see an example of somebody succeeding.

“And for a lot of young boys and young men, in particular,” he said, “they don’t see an example of fathers or grandfathers, uncles, who are in a position to support families and be held up and respected.”

Building strong communities and a strong economy “starts at home,” Obama said, adding that “there’s no more important ingredient for success — nothing that would be more important for us reducing violence — than strong, stable families, which means we should do more to promote marriage and encourage fatherhood.”

The president also noted that “loving, supportive parents” can include foster parents, grandparents, extended families, and gay and straight parents.

“Those parents supporting kids,” he said. “That’s the single most important thing.” USA Today

We need to hear more of that from our President and forget the moronic Socialist ideology that has never and will never work.







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